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Splunk Inc.
Traded as
FoundedOctober 2003; 15 years ago (2003-10)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Key people
  • Godfrey R. Sullivan
  • (Chairman of the Board)
  • Douglas S. Merritt
  • (President & CEO)
  • David F. Conte
  • (Senior VP & CFO)
  • Splunk Enterprise
  • Splunk Light
  • Splunk Cloud
  • Increase US$ 1.27 billion
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2018)
  • Increase US$ -254.30 million
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2018)
  • Increase US$ -259.10 million
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2018)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 2.04 billion
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2018)
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 807.31 million
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2018)
Number of employees
  • ~4,500
  • (FY JAN. 31, 2019)
Footnotes / references
Splunk at AWS Summit

Splunk Inc. is an American public multinational corporation based in San Francisco, California, that produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data, via a Web-style interface.[2]

Splunk (the product) captures, indexes, and correlates real-time data in a searchable repository from which it can generate graphs, reports, alerts, dashboards, and visualizations.[3][4]

Splunk's mission is to make machine data accessible across an organization by identifying data patterns,[5] providing metrics, diagnosing problems, and providing intelligence for business operations. Splunk is a horizontal technology used for application management, security and compliance, as well as business and web analytics.[2] As of early 2016, Splunk has over 10,000 customers worldwide.[6]

Splunk is based in San Francisco, with regional operations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.[7]


Michael Baum, Rob Das[8] and Erik Swan co-founded Splunk Inc in 2003.[9] Venture firms August Capital, Seven Rosen, Ignition Partners and JK&B Capital backed the company.

By 2007 Splunk had raised US$40 million;[10] it became profitable in 2009.[11] In 2012 Splunk had its initial public offering, trading under NASDAQ symbol SPLK.[12]

In September 2013 the company acquired Bugsense, a mobile-device data-analytics company.[13] Bugsense provides "a mobile analytics platform used by developers to improve app performance and improve quality". It supplied a "software developer kit" to give developers access to data analytics from mobile devices that it managed from its scalable cloud platform.[14] The acquisition amount was undisclosed.

In July 2015 Splunk acquired Caspida, a cybersecurity startup, for US$190 million.[15]

In October 2015 Splunk sealed a "cybersecurity alliance" with U.S. government security contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. to offer combined cyberthreat detection and intelligence-analysis technology.[16]

In 2016, Splunk pledged to donate $100 million in software and support for nonprofits and schools over a 10-year period.[17]

According to Glassdoor, it is the fourth highest-paying company for employees in the United States as of April 2017.[18]

In October 2017, Splunk acquired certain technology and intellectual property assets from smaller rival Rocana.[19]

On April 9, 2018 Splunk acquired Phantom Cyber Corporation for approximately US$350 million. [20]

On June 11, 2018 Splunk announced its acquisition of VictorOps, a DevOps incident management startup, for US$120 million.[21]

Release history[edit]

Version Original release date Latest version Release date Maintenance Status
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0 2005-12-01 No longer supported
Old version, no longer supported: 2.0 2006-05-01 No longer supported
Old version, no longer supported: 3.0 2007-08-06 3.4.13 2009-06-01 No longer supported
Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 2009-07-21 4.3.7 2012-01-10 No longer supported[22]
Old version, no longer supported: 5.0 2012-10-30 5.0.18 2017-02-27 No longer supported[23]
Older version, yet still supported: 6.0 2013-10-01 6.6.10 2018-09-07 Supported until 8.0[24]
Current stable version: 7.0 2017-09-26 7.2.6 2019-04-15 Latest.[25] Support is two years from minor version release date

Minor releases[edit]

Version 6.1 was released on 6 May 2014, version 6.2 on 7 October 2014, version 6.3 on 22 September 2015, version 6.4 on 5 April 2016, version 6.5 on 27 September 2016, and version 6.6 on 2 May 2017.

Version 7.1 was released on 24 April 2018, version 7.2 on 2 October 2018 and version 7.3 on 4 June 2019.


Splunk's core offering collects and analyzes high volumes of machine-generated data. It uses a standard API to connect directly to applications and devices.[26] It was developed in response to the demand for comprehensible and actionable data reporting for executives outside a company's IT department.[27][28]

Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) is a security information and event management (SIEM) solution that provides insight into machine data generated from security technologies such as network, endpoint, access, malware, vulnerability and identity information. It is a premium application that is licensed independently from Splunk core.

In 2011, Splunk released Splunk Storm, a cloud-based version of the core Splunk product. Splunk Storm offered a turnkey, managed and hosted service for machine data.[29] In 2013, Splunk announced that Splunk Storm would become a completely free service and expanded its cloud offering with Splunk Cloud.[30] In 2015, Splunk shut down Splunk Storm.[31]

In 2013, Splunk announced a product called Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop, which supports accessing, searching, and reporting on external data sets located in Hadoop from a Splunk interface.[32]

In 2015, Splunk announced a Light version of the core Splunk product, aimed at smaller IT-environments and mid-sized enterprises.[33] Splunk debuted Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) in September 2015. ITSI leverages Splunk data to provide visibility into IT performance. Software analytics can detect unusual behavior and determine its causes and the areas it affects.[34]

In 2016, Google announced its cloud platform will integrate with Splunk to expand in areas like IT ops, security, and compliance.[35] The company also announced additional machine learning capabilities for several of its major product offerings, which are installed on top of the platform.[36][37]

In 2017, Splunk introduced Splunk Insights for ransomware, an analytics tool for assessing and investigating potential threats by ingesting event logs from multiple sources. The software is targeted toward smaller organizations like universities.[38][39] The company also launched Splunk Insights for AWS Cloud Monitoring, a service to facilitate enterprises' migration to Amazon Web Services' cloud.[40]

In 2018, Splunk introduced Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence, which extracts information from IIoT(Industrial Internet of Things) data from various resources and presents its users with critical alerts.[41]



Splunkbase is a community hosted by Splunk where users can go to find apps and add-ons for Splunk which can improve the functionality and usefulness of Splunk, as well as provide a quick and easy interface for specific use-cases and/or vendor products.

Splunk apps and add-ons can be developed by anyone, including Splunk themselves.[42]

Integrations on Splunkbase include the Splunk App for New Relic[43], the ForeScout Extended Module for Splunk[44], and Splunk App for AWS.[45]


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